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Brilliant Birdbaths Re-purposed

Broken or cracked bird bath? There’s no reason not to continue using it… in your garden! When you think about it,…broken or leaky bird baths and fountains, too, are merely pedestals to raise your garden to another level. As you can see, Flea market Gardeners have held on to these so called broken pieces and upcycled them into something spectacular. ...

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Vintage, Metal, and Bouncy Motel Chairs In The Garden

Marvelous Motel Chairs Motel chairs bring memories into your garden! We see these vintage metal patio chairs and think of our Grandparents chatting and sipping lemonade with family and friends at backyard barbecues. How did motel chairs become so popular and loved? We think they’re just fun!

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Growing A Straw Bale Garden

Part Two – In May, Tractor Man and I lugged four bales of hay down our slope and set them up as a garden! At the same time, we constructed a ‘Ranch Gate Garden’, by stringing three old ranch gates together that we found on our place, fencing in the 16′ x16′ garden. The fourth side we made from wire ...

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In Which We Are Introduced to Jane’s Cat, Squirrelly

Cats have taken over the Internet and why not Flea Market Gardening, too?! We humans have had a fascination with cats since the beginning of time. They are silent, mysterious and zen-like. We are charmed also by their comical, and sometimes goofy predicaments that are the result of their famous curiosity. Then, they step into the garden…

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Thrift Shop Shopping…For The Garden

Your guide to the best picks for the garden from thrift stores. Flea Market Gardeners are savvy thrift shoppers, but we sometimes hear people say that they’re not good at thrift shopping—they have an aversion to dirt, no patience, or just bad luck. The truth is that anyone can be a good ‘thrifter’ if they keep an open imaginative mind. ...

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Upcycling Old Windows and Doors In Your Garden

Ann’s Lady Lounge Last Fall, Flea Market Gardening fan, Ann Elias and her clever husband, embarked on a huge project destined to be a joy for Ann, especially. Every woman needs a room of her own and Ann dreamed of transforming this white lattice pergola into a garden room of her very own. It would be a place to hold ...

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Creating A Straw Bale Garden

Recently I decided to try the technique called straw bale gardening, after an online chat with the author, Joel Karsten, who wrote the book, Straw Bale Gardens. My garden is on a mountainside in Central California. See the steps I took in this experiment!

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Sherry’s Perfect Pallet Chairs

Some couples just love working on garden and building projects together. To me, this is the ideal marriage! ‘Cheap Seats’ Every Flea Market gardener needs some muscle, and companionship at times when doing the bigger projects outside. This is true for Sherry and Wendell Law from the Memphis area of Tennessee. Sherry entered her pallet chairs in our ‘Upcycled Spring!’ ...

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Sherry’s Perfect Pallet Chairs

Some couples just love working on garden and building projects together. To me, this is the ideal marriage! ‘Cheap Seats’ Every Flea Market gardener needs some muscle, and companionship at times when doing the bigger projects outside. This is true forSherry and Wendell Law from Memphis area of Tennessee. Sherry entered her pallet chairs in our ‘Upcycled Spring!’ contest last ...

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Sue’s Blingalicious Bowling Ball

Easy craft! After becoming inspired by decorated Bowling Balls (BBs), artist, Sue Gerdes from South Dakota and a long time member of Flea Market Gardening, developed a simple way to create a brilliantly sparkly bowling ball to decorate her garden. Here’s how she did it:

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